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23 Mar 2018, Edition - 983, Friday


  • Reports have emerged that China has transferred a highly-sensitive missile technology to Pakistan
  • TDP reaches out to TRS, AIADMK, asks for their help in pushing for no-confidence motion in the Parliament.
  • Mallapuram, Kerala: 22 year old stabbed to death by her father on the eve of wedding; family opposed her wedding to the man
  • Kerala Professor Jouhar Munavvir booked over his derogatory remarks against women
  • Social activist Anna Hazare begins hunger strike in the national capital demanding Lokpal and better solution for farmers’ issues
  • Ballia, Uttar Pradesh: 15 year old ends life after police did not act seriously on her complaint about harassment by 5 men.
  • Bolt and Dortmund are both sponsored by Puma and the event was hence considered more of a publicity stunt
  • CM Naidu speaks to his MPs, tells TDP MPs to ‘keep fighting, don’t stop till A.P gets justice’, TDP keeps up pressure on centre
  • Mohammed Shami cleared by BCCI | Cricketer gets clean chit by Anti-corruption unit
  • Airtel scored the lowest score at 3.2 Mbps in Kanpur, while the lowest score by Idea Cellular was reported to be 2.6 Mbps in Bhiwani


Young Coimbatore robotics mastermind seeks international collaborations

Jabez John Anand

Robotics has not seen huge advancements in India, but that did not dim the enthusiasm of a Coimbatore-based fourth-year student of Robotics and Automation at the PSG College of Technology and self-made entrepreneur, who has founded a startup that is now in search of collaborations with international companies.

The first product that C G Niranjan developed was a self-financed Hyper Configurable Humanoid Robot, which helps to perform multiple applications in industrial, agricultural and medical environments. It was a hit and is currently in the process of getting patent rights.

I have always been fascinated about robotics from childhood, said Niranjan founder and CEO of Nizan Robotics. “The current industrial setup here will have incomparable advantages if fully autonomous systems and cloud enabled robots are deployed in local industries at low cost”, he added. Niranjan who has been raised by a single mother said his mother has always been a source of inspiration and motivation to think beyond possibilities. His first invention which was done in the year 2013 took 3 years of development at a cost of Rs. 50,000 from his own pocket. It has been technically developed further and patented in the year 2015, for which he is seeking investors to scale up the venture.

“While the industrial application could provide tele presence and remote diagnostics, communication with other machines and biometric-based character learning, in agriculture, it could help create a swarm behaviour which monitors the watering of plants and fertilisation. The product could also help in diagnosing medical ailments in patients by providing telemedicine by sending ECG signals to doctors,” he adds.

Niranjan says that the robot would also permit inclusion of various other applications based on the wishes of the consumer.

The 21-year-old has also come up with a wearable ECG monitor that is worn around the wrist like a band. “The monitor would send instantly details about ECG and pulse in the body of the person to the doctor using a Wi-Fi modem. Using this, the doctor can immediately diagnose changes in a patient. The wrist band costs less than Rs 1000,” he claims.

Another interesting invention is a two-wheeler remote control system which takes care of the locking and ignition.

Niranjan has also invented products to monitor effective garbage disposal management and cloud connected telematic controller.

He was invited by the Minister of State of Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman to New Delhi based on his request to seek the support of the Centre for collaboration with international Companies where he also showcased his models.

“If we can get collaborations with such companies, we can procure materials at low cost that would help in producing low cost products,” says Niranjan, who also wants to invent indigenous products that provide low cost automation solutions in agriculture and rural health.

He, along with his team of batch mates, is currently mentored by Roots Group of Companies in the development of new projects.